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The following was written by Rosemary Card for LDS Living. To read the full letter, click here

When I wasn’t accepted to BYU I felt sad and hurt, but mostly embarrassed. It felt like somehow, I wasn’t good enough for BYU even though my whole family was. It was a really sad time.

Luckily, I was accepted to the small state college that I applied to as my Plan B. It was at this small school that I realized that God had a hand in me not making it into BYU. My time at this school changed my life. I made friends who helped me discovered my true self. I had opportunities in student leadership that I wouldn’t have had at a larger university. I was blessed by small class sizes and involved professors. Getting rejected by BYU turned out to be one of the best things to happen to me.

After three semesters of hard work and hard play, I transferred to BYU ready for a new adventure.

Elsie Talmage Brandley said “to know the fundamental truths of the gospel is to leave one free to go far and wide, anchored by that knowledge, in search of all else that else and sea and skies have to teach.”

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